Notre Dame Football: Is Alabama or Georgia the Easier BCS Title Game Opponent?
Notre Dame will meet the SEC Champion in the 2013 BCS National Championship, and the Irish better hope they meet Georgia.
Both Georgia and Alabama have fantastic football teams. They wouldn't be playing in the SEC championship if that wasn't the case, but Alabama is slightly better than the Bulldogs.
Georgia has a great running game, stout defense and a quarterback that's capable of beating teams with his arm. Well, so does Alabama.
But what Alabama has that Georgia doesn't is the experience in championship games. Simply put, Alabama has been there and done that. With Nick Saban leading the way, the Crimson Tide have two national championships in the past three years.
The last time Georgia played in a championship game, LSU wiped the floor with the Bulldogs, 42-10, in the SEC Championship Game. That was last year, by the way.
And while SEC fans may want to share the wealth in the conference, they might want to root for Alabama to face Notre Dame rather than Georgia.
Should Alabama win and face Notre Dame, SEC fans can rest assured that the Tide will handle their business. Unfortunately, the same can't be said with Georgia.
Because with Georgia, you never really know what you're going to get it. For example, the Bulldogs have the talent to come out in the BCS National Championship Game and totally dismantle the Irish.
With Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree, John Jenkins and Bacarri Rambo on defense, Georgia could pitch a shutout.
But then again, that very same team could come out and look lackluster. Georgia could pitch a stinker like it did against Kentucky in its 29-24 victory. And who could forget about the Bulldogs' horrid performance against South Carolina, as they fell 35-7.
Inconsistencies are something you don't have to worry about with Saban's club. Through its close game with LSU and loss to Texas A&M, Alabama is now refocused on its running game.
The key to success for this team has always lied in the hands of the offensive line and legs of its powerful running backs. In its blowout victories over Western Carolina and Auburn, Alabama fed Eddie Lacy the football, and great success followed.
Lacy rushed for 99 yards and three touchdowns against the Catamounts (whatever the heck that is) and 131 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers (War Eagle baby). Now, obviously the competition wasn't near as stiff as LSU and Texas A&M, but with Lacy running the football, Alabama can beat any team.
Lacy pounds defenders and softens them up for his counterpart, T.J. Yeldon. Once both running backs get going, the play-action pass with AJ McCarron becomes lethal with Amari Cooper and Kenny Bell streaking down the field.
Opposing team's success rates shrink significantly.
And really, that's just the offensive side of it. What's Notre Dame going to do when Alabama puts points on the board and the Irish can't move the ball against this defense?
Giving Saban a month to figure out Everett Golson? Yeah, good luck, kid. And though Mark Richt is a great coach, he isn't Saban.
Nobody prepares his team better than Saban, and if you have any doubts about that, go back and look at how Alabama manhandled Michigan and made Denard Robinson look like Jordan Jefferson in the first game of the season.
Which team should Notre Dame hope to play in the BCS Championship Game
Notre Dame has a good enough football team to hang with either club, but its chances are greatly reduced against Alabama.
The Crimson Tide have a wealth of experience when it comes to playing in championship games, and Saban simply doesn't lose them. Saban is a perfect 3-for-3 in them, and if he faced a Notre Dame team, who's identity is a lot similar to his own team, he will put together a perfect game plan. Rest assured.
Pray for a Georgia victory this Saturday, Notre Dame. Should Alabama win, that undefeated season of yours will be numbered.
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